The hike down Lower Muley Twist Canyon can be completed as a day hiking or overnight backpacking trip. Hikers have the option of hiking an upper loop, lower loop or both. Total mileage to hike from Burr Trail Road to Halls Creek then completing the loop via Notom-Bullfrog and Burr Trail Roads is 22 miles. Completing the long loop via The Post Trail is nearly 24 miles. Before attempting this hike visitors should obtain a permit at the Visitor Center and check current conditions in the canyon.
The following description was written by Park Service personnel and explains the route beginning from Burr Trail Road. From the trailhead located on the Burr Trail Road, the route drops quickly and easily into Lower Muley Twist Canyon. Follow the twisting drainage down canyon. The canyon forms a short section of narrows midway between the
trailhead and The Post cutoff trail. The slickrock canyon walls are white
Navajo sandstone colored by streaks of desert varnish. The red sandstones are the Kayenta and Wingate formations.
Four miles south of the trailhead is The Post cutoff trail which is marked
by a sign. At this point, day hikers should either backtrack to the
trailhead or continue two miles to The Post parking area via the cutoff trail.
The cutoff trail climbs up and over the Waterpocket Fold, providing dramatic vistas. The trail traverses steep slickrock with loose footing and is
exposed in several places. Use caution, especially if wet or icy conditions
Continuing south through Lower Muley Twist Canyon, it is eight more miles to Halls Creek Canyon and then five miles north to The Post. Large, dramatic alcoves highlight the lower portion of the canyon. Here the Wingate sandstone has been undercut forming high overhangs and sandstone caves. Near the end of Lower Muley Twist, the canyon turns toward the east and becomes narrow with high walls. At this point, the tall red cliffs of the Strike Valley rim are visible ahead. As you exit the canyon, cairns on the north (left) side of the wash will mark a route out of the drainage and across allow ridge to the northeast. This route connects with Halls Creek and saves hiking time. If you stay in the Lower Muley Twist drainage, the route connects with Halls Creek in approximately a half mile.
If you are hiking south from The Post, it is easy to miss the route into
Lower Muley Twist Canyon. Track your location on a map and scan the steep slickrock slopes of the Fold for the upper portion of the north-facing wall of Lower Muley Twist Canyon. The wall is stained with desert varnish and is visible a good distance up Halls Creek. When you are due east of this landmark, look for a way over the low ridge separating Lower Muley Twist and Halls Creek to enter the canyon via the short cut or stay in Halls Creek until you encounter the Lower Muley Twist drainage further downstream.
Between Lower Muley Twist Canyon and The Post there is a section of Halls Creek that cuts a meandering channel into the Navajo Sandstone. This is a longer but more scenic route, or you can bypass this section of Halls Creek by following an old jeep road.
At The Post, the road runs south to Bullfrog Marina or north to the junction
of the Burr Trail Road and on to Utah Highway 24. If you left a vehicle at The Post, your hike is over. If your vehicle is parked at the Burr Trail Road
trailhead, you can either walk the Notom/Bullfrog Road north and then up the Burr Trail Road switchbacks (four miles), or return to the trailhead via The Post cutoff trail and Lower Muley Twist Canyon (six and a half miles).
Directions: From Highway 24, The Post Access: Drive 38 miles southward on the Notom-Bullfrog Road to The Post. Follow The Post Road 1 mile to roads end and the trailhead. The Post is located three miles south of the Notom-Bullfrog Road and Burr Trail Road junction.
Elevation: 5,560 feet
Ending Elevation: 4,851 feet
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